| ISRAEL – SAUDI ARABIA

The Jewish state has agreed to the transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia in return for access to Saudi airspace to shorten flight times with the Far East. This is a “mall step” for the gradual rapprochement between the two countries.

 

by Vladimir Rozanskij

Bishops Lavrenov and Novikov clash. The community is allowed to have different points of view, as long as they do not contradict the Holy Scriptures. In Soviet times, Pentecostals were among the most persecuted of believers; today they endure Putin's restrictions with great difficulty. Catholics and Protestants under systematic surveillance after invasion launch.

 

 

| 07/07/2022
| RUSSIA

A survey conducted by Arab Barometer between late 2021 and early 2022 in nine Arab countries and the Palestinian Territories shows that a majority of respondents believe that democracy does not guarantee stability and development. More and more people are frustrated by their living conditions. Lebanon is the worse-off country.

| 06/07/2022
| MIDDLE EAST

Inflation has reached its highest level in 22 years. For months, experts have been warning that the country could end up like Sri Lanka. Higher prices are compounded by the country’s sovereign debt crisis. According to some, the economic crisis is increasingly in danger of becoming political.

| 06/07/2022
| LAOS
by Shafique Khokhar

Drugged by a friend, the victim was taken away while her parents slept upstairs. The next day she was forced to convert to Islam and marry. Police refused to register the complaint filed by her family. For Human Rights Focus Pakistan, “more than a thousand such incidents occur every year”.

| 06/07/2022
| PAKISTAN

Xu Guang was detained by the police on the eve of 4 June, which is the anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. He was imprisoned for demanding the return of his confiscated mobile phone. For years he has been calling for a review of the official verdict on the 1989 repression.

| 06/07/2022
| CHINA

​Myanmar resistance forces report data. Burmese military apologises to Thailand after incursion into airspace. Meanwhile, the number of refugees rises and arrests of Burmese migrants crossing the border through traffickers continue.

| 06/07/2022
| MYANMAR - THAILAND
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